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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Looking for property for your dream house (or inn)?

We know a few great realtors in Placerville that can help you find the perfect home in El Dorado County.  Your dream house might just be found by our friend Cathy Dean of ERA.

Cathy has worked as a Realtor for over 11 years in both El Dorado and San Mateo Counties. Her previous experience includes 26 years in customer service, sales, training and management in the medical diagnostic industry. Since relocating to the Placerville area in 2002, she joined the Chamber of Commerce and participated in National Night Out as a block captain for her neighborhood and served on the planning committee with the Police Department (which is how she met us at the Albert Shafsky House B&B).  

Tell her the "Shafsky gals" sent you.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Cool nights means the Apples are coming.....

There has been a definite cooling trend at night here in the foothills, but the days are still warm and sunny.  So nice that we rafted last weekend with our friends and webfolks, Wowizowi.  They had never been down the American before so we all did the "Gorge Run" of the South Fork.  Everyone of course got wet!  Hope to have a photo from Carolyn and Roby soon, showing how much fun it was.

But back to the cooling off in the foothills....it means that Apple Hill season starts soon--Labor Day weekend and there will be apple everything to tempt you.  I know I can't wait for the first apple cider donut up at Rainbow Orchard!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Tour de Vine with EDWA


For those of you needing a wine related reason to stay with us at the Albert Shafsky House B&B....On Sept. 13-14 the El Dorado Winery Association presents the “Tour de Vine” Wine Harvest Fest, celebrating the magical cycle of winemaking with tours of vines, crush pads and cellars at 20 wineries throughout our colorful county. Wine lovers, vineyard viewers and novice grape crushers will be treated to a variety of unique harvest experiences, wine and light food pairings.
Get more details about your harvest experience — and buy your ticket now!

Let me spin you a yarn.....


So by some amazing luck, fortune, kismet we know folks who know folks and then it turns out we know more folks and have more in common than we first thought....

Rita's dear friend Joyce wanted to make us some socks...not just any socks, but very special socks mind you. So she goes online and finds a spinner/dyer/sock yarn person near us as she is in Burlington Iowa. She then sends us the contact information and we made arrangements to go "pick out the yarn" at Lisa Souza's. She has the most beautiful selection of all kinds of yarn.

To wrap up this tale, we now have new friends in Placerville and if you are into hand dyed, handspun yarn, sock yarn, etc. we will be happy to have you stay with us and spend time with her too! As a bonus, her husband is into trains--so we had lots to chat about.  And one of her customers stays with us every Thanksgiving!  Small world...

Here is the photo of us cuddling our soon to be "socks" as she has shipped our yarn to Joyce already.  


Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Placerville Makes A Great One-tank Trip For Visitors

From a recent article I posted....

Placerville is a great destination for California or NV travelers seeking a getaway that fulfills a long distance desire. Here you can find great wines, shops, restaurants, & starting in September, Apple Hill orchards just minutes away in Camino.


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PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 05, 2008 – Placerville, Calif. -- Placerville is a great destination for California or Nevada travelers seeking a quick getaway that fulfills a long distance desire. Here you can find great wines, unique shops, mouth-watering restaurants, and starting in September, Apple Hill orchards just minutes away in Camino.

Placerville is well-known for having a colorful Gold Rush past. It started in Coloma in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold flecks in a sawmill and carries on through today as Hangtown remains the hub of the Mother Lode. Named after the Placer Gold deposits found in its river beds and hills in the late 1840’s, Placerville’s rich mining history and lore includes the infamous Hangman’s Tree.
The historic downtown area of Placerville is filled with antique stores, tasty restaurants and specialty shops to tempt you. And since you do not have to drive a long distance, you can spend more time enjoying your vacation, than worrying about the high cost of gas.

Fall in Northern California is not truly fall until it is Apple Hill season in Camino. A bounty of privately-owned farms, set among the rolling foothills, showcase old family recipes of homemade fritters, ciders, apple wines, and hand-crafts. Sample apple cider donuts at Rainbow Orchards, the crisp cider at High Hill Ranch, and the late-summer peach pie at Hooverville Orchards.
Making your home base Placerville will allow you to also experience the beauty of South Lake Tahoe, just an hour away. Or you could spend some time in historic Sacramento, exploring the waterfront shops and Railroad Museum.

Many of the historic homes in Placerville have been converted into lovely bed and breakfasts. For instance, the Albert Shafsky House is a stunning Queen Anne Victorian, known for hearty breakfasts and great innkeepers located just a block from Main Street. You may be treated to Apple Hill pancake, or their “gold nugget” eggs when you stay, along with yummy banana bread and juice.
A traveler from Redwood City had this to say about the Albert Shafsky House, “The weekend was the best ever. The inn is very well maintained and the innkeepers do everything to make you feel at home. The food is out of this world. The rooms are comfortable and inviting. Had the best time ever. We enjoyed everything abot the inn and enjoyed walking around Placerville”.

Research shows consumer interest in wine and food travel is growing, with more people seeking unique wine and food experiences. Current news outets confirm the trend for one-tank trips as travelers try shorter, close-to-home, and more frequent vacation experiences because of current economics and higher gas prices.
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Take a step back in time as you explore the beautifully restored property. In the heart of California Gold Country, Historic Placerville, CA, this lovely Queen Ann Victorian Bed and Breakfast is the perfect setting for your El Dorado County escape.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Artist "drawn" to our Placerville bed and breakfast

From PRLog.com
Randall J. Peterson has completed his first drawing of a California bed and breakfast, the Albert Shafsky House in Placerville, CA. While he has been commissioned a number of times in the midwest this is his first pointillism piece located in CA.

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PRLog (Press Release) – Aug 01, 2008 – Award-winning artist, Randall J. Peterson has completed his first drawing of a California bed and breakfast, the Albert Shafsky House in Placerville, CA. While he has been commissioned a number of times in the midwest this is his first pointillism piece for an inn located out West.
His artwork has been featured in "Lighthouse Digest Magazine", "Good Old Boat Magazine" and the book "Majestic Lights - The Apostle Islands and Lighthouses" by Jim Merkel. He uses stippling or pointillism, in the artistic tradition of the French artist Georges Pierre Seurat to express the beauty of the historic structures he is so fond of working on. Each drawing takes Peterson 25-50 hours to complete.

The owners of the Albert Shafsky House Bed and Breakfast in Placerville met Peterson at the Professional Association of Innkeepers International conference in March and fell in love with his work and style of drawing.

After commissioning the artist and sending numerous photos of the California bed and breakfast, it was up to Randall to get busy. In just a few weeks the art was in the mail! The result is simply stunning and the innkeepers are thrilled to be able to use his beautiful drawing on everything from notecards, to book marks as a nice reminder to their guests of their time in Placerville at the Albert Shafsky House B&B.

For more information about the Albert Shafsky House visit http://www.shafsky.com and for information about the artist visit http://www.inns-artist.com/

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Take a step back in time as you explore the beautifully restored property. In the heart of California Gold Country, Historic Placerville, CA, this lovely Queen Ann Victorian Bed and Breakfast is the perfect setting for your El Dorado County escape.